Many women have learned to sew by watching toe PBS series “Sewing With Nancy” hosted by Wisconsin native Nancy Zieman. “Seams Unlikely” is the behind the scenes look at her life, from her struggles with Bell’s palsy to her success in business and personal life.
“Ultimate Cross Stitch Projects: Colorful And Inspiring Designs From Maria Diaz” is a collection of counted cross stitch patterns covering a variety of themes. Some of the chapters include: “Animals, Landscapes, Florals, Baby and Art”. This book contains outstanding photo and instructions for many beautiful and unique projects.
Ronald H. Balson is an author new to our shelves; his book “Once We Were Brothers” spans sixty years and two lives. Elliott Rozenweig and Ben Solomon were as close as brothers when they were growing up in war-torn Poland. Their families fought to survive during the Holocaust. Many years after the war, Ben accuses Elliott of being the “Butcher of Zamosc” a Nazi SS officer. However, there is a question of whether Solomon has the right man.
“Moments In Time, A Collection Of Stories About Life In Eastern Wisconsin” is a book published by Delta Publications Inc. It features stories of local people who contribute to the fabric of our communities. Some of the entries include: East Shore Baseball League, Monica Manz, Evertt Hennig, Willie Mueller, and Dr. Lewis Schmidt to mention a few. Check it out; you might find a neighbor featured!
“Vietnam, The Real War, A Photographic History By The Associated Press” chronicles mainly in photographs, the history of the war from its Prologue in 1945-54 to the Reconciliation.
Melody Carlson (“Double Take”, “Just Another Girl”,“Anything But Normal”, “Never Been Kissed”) has a new book that features Katrina Yoder an Amish teenager who loves to sing. A Friend convinces her she’s good enough to compete on “American Star” a televised talent show. Katrina wonders if her parents will disown her for participating, but when a family crisis arises, the prize money would help pay medical expenses. “A Simple Song” tells the story of an Amish teenager in the world of Hollywood.
“What Once Was Lost” by Kim Vogel Sawyer (“Sweet Sanctuary” “Echoes Of Mercy”, “To Sing Another Day”) is an historic love story that takes place in 1890 Kansas. Christina Willems shepherds poor and displaced individuals who call the Brambleville Asylum their home. When a fire breaks out making it uninhabitable, she finds herself questioning the works she’s devoted her life to.
Janette Oke (Love Comes Softly Series, Acts of Faith Series) and her daughter Laurel Oke Logan (Dana’s Valley) have penned a new book. “Where Courage Calls” is set in the Western foothills of Canada; where Beth Thatcher has accepted a teaching position. The lifestyle she’s embarking upon is contrary to the comfortable life she’s used to. Her challenges include climate, teaching, and the conflict of being attracted to two men.
Readers of Jackie Collins’ fiction know who Lucky Santangelo is. “Lucky The Early Years: Confessions Of A Wild Child” tells tale of the early life of Collins’ super-heroine of seven books (“Dangerous Kiss”, “Drop Dead Beautiful”, “Lucky”, “Chances”, “Goddess Of Vengeance, “Vendetta”, “Lady Boss”) and three miniseries; Lucky is considered her most popular and beloved heroines. In this, her latest book Lucky is navigating her teen years. It delves into first romances, family drama and adventures that take her around the world, from Vegas to the Greek Islands.
“Killer” is Jonathan Kellerman’s ( “Guilt”, “Victims”, “Mystery”, “Deception”, “Gone”, “Rage”, “Time Bomb”) latest Alex Delaware novel. “Killer” is an L.A. noir novel that has a fair share of psychopaths that challenge the brilliant psychologist and police consultant. When a bizarre child custody suit results in the disappearance of the girl at the center, Alex calls on his longtime friend Detective Milo Sturgis. They attempt to navigate the obstacle course of Hollywood burnouts, gangbangers and other self-serving types to find the missing girl.
A House In The Sky” by Amanda Lindhout is a memoir that takes the reader around the world and even to “the most dangerous place on earth.” In August 2008 Amanda traveled to Somalia and was taken hostage for 460 days during which she converts to Islam to survive. She is given “wife lessons” by her captors and risks a daring escape. She is shuttled between a series of abandoned houses in the desert. By visiting the “house in the sky “she survives the torture by remembering the world she experienced prior to her captivity.
Piper Kerman was sentenced to fifteen months at the women’s prison in Danbury Connecticut. Prisoner #11187-424 learns to navigate the strange world and arbitrary rules that are a part of the American penal system. “Orange Is The New Black: My Year In The Women’s Prison” tells Piper’s story from the first strip search to her final release.
Author Linda Byler (Fire In The Night) has another book in her “Lancaster Burning” series. “Davey’s Daughter” is the second book in the series and the barn fires from the first book continue. Sarah Beiler grows concerned when her friend Ashley asks suspiciously when asked about the rash of fires. That’s not the only conflict in her life; Sarah finds herself attracted to Matthew, a man who is considering leaving the community. When he asks her to join him, she is tormented by the impossible choice.
“Fear Nothing” is the latest detective D.D. Warren novel by Lisa Gardner (“Alone”, “Gone”, “Hide”, “Live To Tell”). Boston detective D.D. Warren finds herself recovering from a serious injury she sustained while on the job. She doesn’t recall the details, but as time goes by she realizes she’s the next target of the serial killer she’s been looking for. There’s one way to take him down, fear nothing.
“What’s So Funny? My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway (best known from “The Carol Burnett Show and McHale’s Navy) offers his first-ever memoir. The book shares his story beginning in a small town in Ohio during the Depression, to his ascent to national notoriety. By tracing his early path, the origins of many of his characters are revealed, such as Mr. Tudball, the Oldest Man, and Dorf. Readers will enjoy the behind the scenes stories of the popular comedian.
“Fried Walleye And Cherry Pie: Midwest Writers On Food” is a collaboration of thirty Midwestern writers who share their views on the gustatory pleasures and peculiarities of the Midwest. Elizabeth Berg shares, “In The Midwest, It’s Meatloaf”, Jacquelyn Mitchard “Corn In Heaven”, John Markus “Thrill Food” to mention a few. Some of the authors also share some recipes too!
In February of 2013 Pope Benedict XVI resigned from the papal office, a resignation which lead to the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina as the leader of the world’s estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. “Francis, A New World Pope” by Michael Cool offers an insight into the life of the new pope whose philosophy has received much attention from the world community.
Another biography comes from a very different place, the basketball court. “Dr. J, The Autobiography” tells the story of Julius Erving, the forward who introduced many of the basketball techniques used in modern style of play. In addition to covering his 16 year career, he shares many aspects of his “American Life”.
J. Kathleen Cheney’s “The Golden City” is a mystery of murder, spies and dark magic. For two years Oriana Paredes has been a spy among the social elite of the Golden City, reporting back to her people, the Sereia, the sea folk who are banned from the city’s shores. When Oriana accompanies her only friend to Paris, they get abducted and are left to drown. Oriana survives because of her heritage, but she vows vengeance against the people who killed her friend.
“Dark Shadows” by Lara Parker is based on the TV series that inspired the movie “Wolf Moon Rising”. When Quentin Collin’s portrait that has kept the werewolf curse at bay for more than a century is missing, he dreads the full moon. Meanwhile, David a sixteen year old heir to the Collins fortune has fallen in love with Jacqueline, a reincarnation of an old friend. David and Jacqueline get swept back to the 1920 Prohibition Era and discover some of the Collins family secret history
“The Song Of Annie Moses” by Robin Donica Wolaver tells the story of a mother born in poverty wi
th limited opportunities gives her family of six children the gift of music, Raising all of them to be world-class musicians. Join the family in their journey in this inspirational memoir.
“Saving Gideon” is a “Clover Ridge Novel”by Amy Lillard; Gideon Fisher wants to be left alone. After losing his wife and son he wants to isolate himself from his Amish community. After he pulls Dallas socialite Avery Ann Hamilton out of the snow, Gideon is intrigued by the woman whose life is different from his.
John Sandford (author “Rough Country”, “Bad Blood”, “Shock Wave” and “Bad River”) has a new Virgil Flowers novel. “Storm Front” begins in Israel; a man is desperately searching for a boat so he can flee with his backpack and its valuable contents. Meanwhile in Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message that he’s about to get a visit from an Israeli cop who is tailing a man who’s smuggling the relic of great value. The relic is surrounded by mystery and murder. Virgil wonders if he should bone up on his Bible verses for his Da Vinci Code like mystery.
“Innocence” is the latest from Dean Koontz(author of “Odd Thomas” Series, “Intensity, “Breathless”). It tells the story of two people, one who is an exile from society, the other a fugitive from her enemies. Both would be destroyed if there are ever found. The bond between them is deeper than the tragedies of their scarred lives. Their tale is filled with mystery, suspense and an insight into the human soul.
One of Tom Clancy’s last books that he wrote with Mark Greaney is now available. “Command Authority” is a Jack Ryan thriller that involves CIA agents, the president, KGB agents, murder and a lot of secrets (including a Swiss bank account)! The story begins when Jack Ryan Sr. follows a trail of suspicious activity in a Swiss bank account that leads to a KGB assassin code- named Zenith. He was never able to find the killer. In the present, when Jack Ryan Jr.’s friend is poisoned by a radioactive agent, he must delve into a conflict that was thirty years in the making.